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Shameless lawyer of the, erm, day

Meet Thorkild Høyer, defence lawyer for seven Danish T-shirt sellers. The waggish t-shirt sellers thought it would be a really good idea to print up t-shirts with FARC and PFLP (of which more later) logos and so on, and then to send some of the profits on to said terrorist groups. More here. The article does not describe how the Danes got funds to FARC & the PFLP - I do not suppose they have websites with PayPal donation links, although stranger things have been known.

Anyway, onward: "The defendants have argued that the groups are resistance movements comparable with Denmark's own Nazi resistance groups during the Second World War". And Høyer: "'The PFLP and FARC are neither angels nor demons, but they need to be understood in context. Civilians, women and children all died during allied bombings during the Second World War. But does that mean the Allies' fight against Nazism was terrorism?".

Do you suppose he tells his mother he plays a piano in a whorehouse rather than admit to his day job?

First, the PFLP, which does have a website - the name and the suffix .ps - but it has exceeded its bandwidth: historically it favoured hijacking of aeroplanes, but nowadays prefers to employ homicide bombers. The organisation is Marxist Leninist, and on US and EU terrorist lists. It does make rather better use of graphic arts and iconography than most terrorist groups, not that aesthetic refinement makes them any less vicious.

And FARC: "FARC has financed itself through kidnapping ransoms, extortion, drug trafficking which includes but it is not limited to coca plant harvesting, protection of their crops, processing of coca leaves to manufacture cocaine, and drug trade protection. Businesses operating in rural areas, including agricultural, oil, and mining interests, were required to pay "vaccines" (monthly payments) which "protected" them from subsequent attacks and kidnappings"....The FARC-EP has employed vehicle bombings, gas cylinder bombs, killings, landmines, kidnapping, extortion, hijacking, as well as guerrilla and conventional military action against Colombian political, military, and economic targets, to attack those it considers a threat to its movement....A February 2005 report from the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights mentioned that, during 2004, "FARC-EP continued to commit grave breaches [of human rights] such as murders of protected persons, torture and hostage-taking, which affected many civilians, including women, returnees, boys and girls, and ethnic groups".

So, *nice* people, and furthermore not exactly in need of the money: "Over time, fewer recruits joined the organization for ideological reasons, but rather as a means to escape poverty and unemployment. "FARC's narcotics-related income for 1995 reportedly totaled $647 million."[cite this quote] Although the FARC rarely provides a regular cash pay to the majority of its members, per capita income for Colombian guerrilla fighters has at times been calculated to reach at least 40 times the national average". (Wiki notes lack of citation here)


And the Danish Resistance, what did it get up to? Mainly spying and sabotage, from what I can discover, with the odd killing of an informant. More on Holger Dansk and the Bourgeois Partisans (yes, really) here.


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Anonymous neutral democrat said... 4:47 pm

quick quiz: Which British minister, well known at the time, was in the Dansk resistance?

P.S. - Rhodies never die!  



Blogger Croydonian said... 4:52 pm

ND - NOT a clue. Do tell.  



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